The move, another part of the retailer’s efforts to win back American teens, illustrates how dramatically Abercrombie has changed in the past decade.
The retailer is trying hard to convince teenagers it’s a brand for their generation.
Corporate boards will typically tolerate a founder’s eccentricities, and even bad behavior, as long as the business is performing well. But as performance declines, so too does tolerance.
The retailer, which is pursuing a turnaround, conveys a new image in its quarterly filing. “Idolized and respected” have been swapped for “confident and engaging.”
Abercrombie hopes its version of America resonates more in China, as its brands keep losing steam in the U.S. and Europe.
The teen retailer avoided a showdown at its annual meeting in June by agreeing to replace four people on its board of directors. Only one was nominated by hedge fund Engaged Capital.
The retailer won’t say when the clothes will be available or how much they will cost. It’s worth noting that April Fool’s Day is right around the corner.
Aeropostale’s stock plunged 20% and closed at the lowest price since 2003 after reporting truly dismal earnings.
The teen retailer’s stock jumps after exceeding analysts’ low expectations for the fourth quarter, but its stores are still struggling mightily in the U.S. and Europe.
The teen retailer’s future direction will be determined over the next four months.
Investment bank Jefferies sent clients a note Friday titled “Teenage Wasteland: Assessing the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Teen Retail.” According to its survey of more than 1,000 teens, American Eagle has more “brand relevance” than rivals Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch.
“This public nomination follows the failure of weeks of private outreach to the board to arrive at a negotiated settlement,” Engaged Capital said in a statement Thursday. Update: Abercrombie says it “will review Engaged Capital’s director nominations as part of its normal process and will present its recommendation with respect to the election of directors in its proxy statement.”
Chubbies, an online-only shorts company, pens an open letter to Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries.
The teen retailer today promoted its chief financial officer, Jonathan Ramsden, to the role of chief operating officer. Abercrombie may be getting its house in order to court buyout offers.
The company announced that Jeffries, CEO since 1992, will no longer be the company’s chairman and that it’s adding three new directors with retail experience to its board. Updates with response from Engaged Capital.
The teen retailer’s stock fell after announcing CEO Robert Hanson will be leaving “effective immediately.” Its executive chairman will temporarily fill the role while it looks for Hanson’s replacement.
Jonathan Ramsden has gained more influence and decision-making authority at Abercrombie as CEO Mike Jeffries’ hold on the company grows more tenuous, sources told BuzzFeed.
Vera Bradley, TJX, and American Eagle will be impacted the most based on their store count in the Northeast and Midwest, Citigroup analysts say.
Promotions appear to be deeper than during the recession in 2008, a Nomura analyst writes.
Engaged Capital, which last week sent a nine-page open letter to Abercrombie’s board calling for CEO Mike Jeffries’s ouster, is “disturbed” to learn his contract was extended today.
Controversial Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries, whom an activist investor has been pressuring to oust this past week, isn’t going anywhere yet.
The lower tier of the preppy apparel universe — below Abercrombie and American Eagle — reported its 13th straight quarter of falling or flat same-store sales yesterday.
Activist firm Engaged Capital fired off an open letter to Abercrombie’s board today saying that Jeffries, whose latest employment contract expires on Feb. 1, needs to be replaced.
From Apple jumping in the fray to Abercrombie renaming it “Hot Friday,” you might be surprised.
I found some old copies on my high school newspaper, the Tiger Adviser. Hundreds of years from now, historians will be able to look at these newspapers and understand what life was like for us in the ’00s.
Hollister will test stores with glass storefronts in early 2014. Parent company Abercrombie & Fitch noted today that Generations Y and Z don’t covet exclusivity like their predecessors.
In a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the state Senate’s Committee on Labor and Judiciary listened to testimony Monday and recommended passage of the bill. If the bill passes the legislature, Abercrombie will sign it, and Hawaii would become the 15th state to legalize marriage equality.
Sources tell BuzzFeed that within the 10% comparable sales drop reported last month for Abercrombie’s second quarter, the women’s side of the business plunged 30%. A “meltdown,” one source says.
Teen retailers are all struggling, but Abercrombie did particularly poorly this quarter in the U.S. and online. The company was the target of ridicule across the web for much of the period.